Ballyliffin Golf Club has been announced amongst a selection of renowned venues in Great Britain and Ireland that will host The R&A’s amateur championships and international matches in 2023 and 2024.
The 127th Amateur Championship teed off today at Royal Lytham & St Annes and St Annes Old Links and the world’s leading men’s amateur golfers will compete at two other famed north-west layouts for next year’s staging at Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale.
For the first time, the Irish links of Ballyliffin in County Donegal, which staged the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, will then host The Amateur in 2024.
Prince’s in Kent will stage The 120th Women’s Amateur Championship in 2023 and Royal Birkdale, a ten-time host of The Open, the year after.
Phil Anderton, Chief Development Officer at The R&A, said, “We want to reinforce The R&A’s amateur championships and international matches as pinnacle events in global elite amateur golf and attract the best players from across the world to compete.
“It is fitting to have our championships hosted at some of the world’s finest venues over the next two years. Continuing to stage some of our most notable amateur championships for both male and female players at the same time also allows us to showcase and promote the sport for all.”
The match play stages of the R&A Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur Championships will be played simultaneously at one venue at Carnoustie in August for the first time and the same trend will follow over the next two years. Ganton will host match play for both championships in 2023 with Fulford and York hosting stroke play qualifying. Alwoodley will stage match play in 2024 with Moortown and Pannal hosting qualifying.
The R&A Women’s and Men’s Senior Amateur championships will also be played concurrently again at Woodhall Spa next year and Saunton in 2024.
The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship will be held at Enville again next year, while the R&A Junior Open will be played at Kilmarnock (Barassie) in 2024 ahead of The 152nd Open at Royal Troon, continuing a tradition of staging the championship close to the host venue for The Open.
The Walker Cup, the biennial meeting between Great Britain and Ireland and the USA, takes place in St Andrews in 2023 with Sunningdale staging the Curtis Cup in 2024.
A number of international matches contested between GB&I and the Continent of Europe will also take place. The St Andrews Trophy will be held at Royal Porthcawl in 2024, while Royal Dornoch will welcome the Vagliano and Junior Vagliano Trophies in 2023.
The Jacques Leglise Trophy and Junior Vagliano Trophy will be staged at West Lancashire in 2024.
The Home International matches for boys, girls, men, women and senior men and women will also continue to be staged together. Lindrick and Conwy welcome the boys and girls in 2023 and 2024, with Machynys and Murcar Links hosting the men and women respectively. The senior matches will be played at West Kilbride and Castlerock.
The Amateur Championship being played at Royal Lytham & St Annes and St Annes Old Links this week is open to spectators with tickets available here.
The R&A is providing live broadcast coverage of the quarter-finals and semi-finals on Friday 17 June and the 36-hole Final on Saturday 18 June. This can be watched on The R&A’s website randa.org as well as its YouTube channel.